Telefónica’s O2 UK is in the process of renegotiating its mobile network-sharing deal with Vodafone. The project, known as Cornerstone, has been in place since 2012, building on prior sharing deals, and has allowed both players to grow their 3G and 4G coverage at a reduced cost. However Telefónica wants to exit the UK market, but has failed to both sell and float O2 UK. Is Cornerstone under threat?
For the past 30 years, telecoms regulation has largely been designed to keep the market power of incumbent telcos in check. Now, the growing maturity of the market, the massive power of global digital players, and the pressing need for more investment are combining to prompt a regulatory rethink. How should telcos and regulators change their approaches to accelerate the cycle of growth and innovation?
Seven predictions and four scenarios for how the industry might play out in Europe in the next 5 years: ‘Digital Renaissance’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Commoditised Utility’ and ‘Telco Trainwreck’. Plus what are the take-outs for other markets?